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Sachs Covered Bridge: Pennsylvania

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

The Sachs Covered Bridge, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was built way back in 1854. For 114 years, the bridge served as a connection between the two sides of Marsh Creek. During the Battle of Gettysburg, in 1863, a good portion of both armies passed over the bridge; both going to and from the battle. Sadly, during the battle, three soldiers were hung from the bridge for desertion (though some say they were spies). Their bodies were left hanging to serve as a warning to other soldiers to stay in line.


After the battle ended, the town slowly put their lives back together. Sachs Covered Bridge fortunately did not sustain any damage, and went on to serves as a functional bridge for another century. In 1968, the 100 foot long bridge was determined no longer safe for travel and was closed for good. It was fixed and updated in the 1990's and now stands better than ever. Every year many tourists visit the bridge to take in its history as well as to seek out its famous haunts.


For over 150 years, the claims have been consistent, the bridge is haunted. The hauntings of Sachs Covered Bridge are legendary. The first reports of paranormal activity came in shortly after the battle was over. Apparitions of soldiers, the heavy sent of tobacco, and the sound gun fire (sometimes even cannon fire) have all been reported at the bridge. Other paranormal experiences include orbs, disembodied voices and phantom footsteps. Probably the most unsettling paranormal experience visitors have encountered is ghostly heads, which appear to be floating, randomly appearing and disappearing on a whim.


The Sachs Covered Bridge is one of my favorite places to visit in my favorite haunted town. If you are looking for a paranormal interaction, Gettysburg rarely disappoints.



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